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WWII in Color Part 1: The Gathering Storm

19/08/2019

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World War II In HD Colour is a 13-episode television documentary series recounting the major events of World War II narrated by Robert Powell

The show covers the Western Front, Eastern Front, North African Campaign and the Pacific War. It was on syndication in the United States on the Military Channel.

The series is in full colour, combining both original and colourized footage. It was made by World Media Rights in 2008/2009.

This Episode

Just years after World War I, Germany and other nations are in an economic depression. Leader approval ratings of Germany, Italy, Japan and Spain are shallow, giving the rise to military dictators along with their parties. Years after Adolf Hitler becomes Chancellor of Germany, he and his generals plot the invasion of Poland.

Known inaccuracies

The narration in Episode 5 suggests that the Japanese march on Port Moresby was only halted when US troops arrived to reinforce the Australians, when in fact US forces did not assist until the Australians had pushed the Japanese completely off the Owen Stanley Range.

In Episode 12, it is said that United States President Franklin Roosevelt died of a heart attack. In fact, it was a cerebral hemorrhage.

Additionally, some of the colourised footage is inaccurate: German tanks shown at the beginning are green rather than grey, and a green-on-green camouflage pattern shown on Spitfires was never used by the RAF, but rather should be green-on-brown.

The show used the pre-1939 borders on the map of Central Europe continuously, but changed it when they put the city of Vilnius in episode 8 into Lithuania, despite the fact it was a city in Poland between the two world wars

 

 

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